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Getting to the Root of Challenging Behavior
October 13, 2020
Don't look back. You're not going that way.
-Mary Engelbreit

In her article, “Classrooms as the Root of Challenging Behavior” (which is the foundation of an Out of the Box Training Kit by the same name), Michelle Salcedo wrote:

"In early childhood classrooms across the country, teachers struggle with addressing challenging behaviors. The image of a gardener tending to a plant provides us with a different lens through which we can examine this topic. When faced with a plant that does not thrive, the dedicated gardener will leave no stone unturned in the quest to discover why. Does it need more (or less) water? Is it receiving enough sun? Is the soil giving the plant the nutrients it needs? All of these may be impacting a plant’s development. Rarely does a gardener throw up her hands and declare the plant as unfit. Similarly, when a child exhibits challenging behaviors, what if, instead of blaming the child, we were to look first at the environment? What if the focus were to shift from fixing the child to adapting the conditions in which the child is growing and learning? There is great power to lessen the incidences of challenging behaviors and increase learning (Katz, 2015) when teachers create learning environments shaped around children’s needs (Clayton & Forton, 2001; Inan, 2009).”

Salcedo begins her article with this quote:
'When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer

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Francis Wardle · October 13, 2020
Denver, CO. , CO, United States

This is basically what Froebel said, and why his program is called Kindergarten (children's garden). He viewed a young child like a flower, to be nurtured and protected. (Of course Kindergarten toady has no commonality with the original.) The problem today is that we all have to follow a variety of ECE standards, which ALL focus on the child; none of them focus on the environment and goals for improving the environment!!!!

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